No. 1 'Party School' Named

Friday, September 13, 1996

  1. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State University is national champion, but not in football.

  2. FSU was named the No. 1 party school in the country by the Princeton Review's ``Advantage Guide to the Best 310 Colleges.''

  3. And to delight the hearts of Seminoles all the more, the book ranked archrival University of Florida No. 3.

  4. ``Oh, that's good,'' said Tom Guillot, a 22-year-old junior at FSU. ``We beat 'em again. We beat 'em in everything.''

  5. FSU dethroned three-time champion University of Rhode Island, which failed to finish in the top 10 after banning alcohol on campus last year. George Washington University in Washington was No. 2.

  6. FSU, which won college football's national championship in the 1993 season, was ranked fourth in the guide's first edition, and then came in second three years in a row behind Rhode Island.

  7. This is the first year it came in No. 1.

  8. ``That doesn't surprise me,'' said Calista Moser, a 21-year-old FSU music major, upon learning of the ranking. ``Where did we come in in academics? No. 350?''

  9. FSU President Sandy D'Alemberte said he assumed the list had destroyed the school's academic reputation before he took the time to read the entire entry.

  10. ``If you read the whole thing, it's really not all bad,'' he said, pointing out the guide's remarks about the friendly atmosphere, good climate and ``bargain-basement'' tuition.

  11. The Princeton Review, the New Jersey company that provides test preparation classes (and is not affiliated with Princeton University), annually publishes the guide to colleges for high-school seniors. Its party-school ranking was based on a survey of 56,000 students at the 310 colleges listed.

  12. The guide doesn't list the ``worst'' party schools but does identify the top ``stone-cold sober'' schools. Deep Springs College in Dyer, Nev., heads the list, followed by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

  13. The survey also produced rankings labeled ``Great food,'' (Deep Springs College was No. 1); ``Dorms like palaces,'' (Agnes Scott College); ``School runs like butter'' (U.S. Military Academy); and ``Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution'' (Brigham Young University).

  14. The ``Party School'' rating was based on ``a combination of survey questions concerning the use of alcohol and drugs, hours of study each day, and the popularity of the Greek system.''

  15. ``I think it's accurate,'' said Guillot of the book's rating. ``There's always a party to go to. There are lots of bars.''

    Copyright 1997 The Associated Press

  16. The Princeton Review for 1999 places Florida State University as follows:

  17. #9 Students (almost) never study

  18. #18 Teaching Assistants teach too many upper-level courses

  19. #12 Dorms like dungeons

  20. #8 Students pack the stadiums

  21. #3 Lots of hard liquor

  22. #6 Party schools

  23. #15 Jock schools


  24. By comparison, it places the University of Florida as follows:

  25. #3 Students almost never study

  26. #10 College newspaper gets read

  27. #13 Lots of hard liquor

  28. #3 party schools

  29. #9 Jock schools

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